When I am working I like to put any image in my head, I do not look at it while I am painting, but let it live in the back of my mind. This painting by John Singer Sargent has been with me since I began painting the tree tops
I taped down sheets of gesso'ed paper to my 7' X 3' table.
I have a vast collection of cloud studies and sketches of trees. I thought it would be interesting to work on all 14 at the same time and be able to do the same or similar image and composition over and over, to be able to see across the table and have a bigger conversation, with more voices. I always have a dialog with every piece, but in a singular way and not a group discussion.
The above painting is the first one to be finished (#1/14). You can see it's place, missing at the table.
This may not seem like much, just a man drawing a line down the left side of the paper, but for Dennis this is BIG. Dennis's stroke recovery has moved ahead in one big leap, about a month ago, with better eye contact, and now being able to walk with the walker, unassisted.
While I was visiting him this week I pulled out the pad and said "draw" and without any instruction he moved to the left side of the paper and made lines in red and green. "Bravo Dennis"